NCLEX RN Practice Question # 648

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 648.


Comparing Tracheostomy tubes

Tracheostomy tubes are made of plastic or metal and come in uncuffed, cuffed, or fenestrated varieties. Tube selection depends on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s preference. Make sure you’re familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of these commonly used tracheostomy tubes.


A tracheotomy provides an airway for an intubated patient who needs prolonged mechanical ventilation and helps remove lower tracheobronchial secretions in a patient who can’t clear them. It’s also performed in emergencies when endotracheal (ET) intubation isn’t possible, to prevent an unconscious or paralyzed patient from aspirating food or secretions, and to bypass upper airway obstruction due to trauma, burns, epiglottiditis, or a tumor. After the doctor creates the surgical opening, he inserts a tracheostomy tube to permit access to the airway. He may select from several tube styles, depending on the patient’s condition.

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